The Love of God

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭KJV‬‬

It is February, the month we celebrate Valentine’s Day. I’m not going to get into the history of it and all that, but it is a day that we now celebrate to show people in our lives that we love them. It is a pretty commercialized holiday in my opinion.

But during this month so far, I have been thinking about the love of God quite a bit. Just stop for a moment and just think about God’s love for you.

It’s amazing. I don’t know how else to explain God’s love. His love was pictured for all eternity by Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins, and rising again to conquer death. That gift of God is so amazing and it started with God’s love for us.

I texted a buddy the other day with this quote/question I had heard: “Do you realize that God would rather die than live without you? That’s how much He loves you!” God loves us so much that about 2,000 years ago, He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. Christ paid that sin debt we owe with His blood and ultimately by dying. But the greatest of all miracles is that He rose again for me and for you, because He loved us!

One of my favorite songs about God’s love was written by Fredrick M. Lehman. The third verse and chorus contain my favorite lines in the song:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

God’s love is so amazing and so wonderful, we could sit here all day and try to explain it and would never come close to describing it all!

Why do we as Christians, take the love that God has shown us and take it to our fellow neighbor and those around us. Not just to those that can help us in life but to those that are helpless and hopeless, those are the ones that need to see God’s love through us!

Just as we are called to be a light to this dark world, we are called to love others.

“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭KJV‬‬

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The Snowstorm of 2021

So it’s Friday, the first day we can see the sun in like a week! We have had 3 winter storms come through with about 8-10 inches of snow!

We as a family were supposed to take a trip out to Colorado last week and we were going to be getting back in on Sunday. A few weeks ago, I just had this gut feeling that we shouldn’t take that trip. Now I believe it was the Lord leading us to just do a ‘staycation’ and not take that trip to keep us safe! We would have spent Saturday and Sunday driving through snowstorms in the Midwest and by the time we got back, we probably wouldn’t have had time to properly prepare and stock up for the week. God really does watch over His own and protect them, even if we don’t understand at the beginning!

Now being a Colorado kid, I’ve enjoyed it! But living in Mississippi and getting this much snow is a different story! I’ve been out here for about 9 years now and I’ve seen a light dusting shut everything down! Getting this much snow has crippled the area! Grocery stores are barely stocked, gas stations are out of gas, it’s crazy to see the low supply of necessities everywhere!

Now I know that Texas is really struggling right now as they are worse off then we are, we have been praying for everyone who has been affected by this weather every night before we go to bed! Pray for Texas and all those that have been affected adversely by this weather!

As crazy as the weather has been, I’m reminded of a couple Bible verses that I have been thinking about this week that I would like to share with you today.

“God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend. For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭37:5-6‬ ‭KJV
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This past week, I’ve seen conspiracy theories about the weather and this storm. I’ve seen Christians say how snow on Sundays hurts the cause of Christ. I’ve seen interesting comments and have heard interesting things about snowstorms, but I always think back to the verse above. It’s God who causes the snow. It’s God who controls the weather. It’s God who is in charge. I’m so amazed at how great God is! I enjoyed standing at the window and just watching the snow fall to the ground! It’s so peaceful and calming! No matter what your thoughts on snow are, just remember it was God who allowed it to fall!

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭51:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

In Psalms 51, David is praying and asking forgiveness for the sins he had committed. In his prayer, he asks the Lord to wash him and he will be whiter than snow. When I watched the snow fall this past week and then seeing it on the ground when it was untouched, the color of white was like nothing else! When God cleanses us, we become whiter than snow! We are pure in Gods eyes, but it all starts with us asking forgiveness for our sins!

There are quite a few great verses about snow but these two were ones that I thought about often this week.

It was nice to stop and enjoy family time this week! I’m so thankful and blessed that God protected us this week and kept us safe through the snowstorm.

To all those that are hurting because of this weather, I want you to know that my family and I have prayed multiple times for health and safety for everyone who has been impacted in some way.

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3 Attributes of Prayer We Need to Have

Something I have been thinking a lot about and trying to implement more in my life is prayer.

An important part of the Christian life is prayer. Prayer is how we communicate with God. Prayer is us doing our part in having a relationship with Christ!

As I think how I can improve in my own prayer life, I think of 3 different things I can become better in, 3 different attributes of prayer I can grow in. I understand that there are more than just these 3, but this is a start for myself and for you if you want to grow in your prayer life.

Pray Attentively

As I was thinking how I could increase my prayer life and how I could grow in this area, my first thought was too give more attention to the matter. Since prayer is part of our relationship with Christ, I should give it my full attention when I am praying or talking to Christ.

Just like in an earthly relationship, lack of attention will drive a wedge in it. If I don’t give attention to my wife or children, there will become a wedge driven in between us, we I’ll grow apart. I need to give attention to them to keep that relationship strong and help it to continue to grow.

In my spiritual relationship with Christ, I need to give my full attention to Him every chance I can. When I talk to Him or pray, I need to pray attentively as He is the only One who matters at that moment. I need to talk to Him and focus on Him and give Him my undivided attention when it comes to this part of my relationship.

Pray Adamantly

To be honest, I keeping with the alliteration, but after I explain why I chose ‘adamantly’ you will understand why it is an attribute we should have in our prayer life.

The word adamant means unshakable or insistent especially in maintaining a position or opinion.

“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:7‬ ‭KJV‬‬

I read this verse and I think about how adamant Jesus wants us to be in our prayer life! He wants us to ask, He wants us to seek, He wants us to knock! If we do each of these things, He will give, He will help you find, and He will open the doors. Be adamant in your prayer life! Be unshakable and insistent in your prayer life!

Pray Always

“Pray without ceasing.” I Thessalonians 5:17

This is a common verse yet many fail at obeying the simplicity of the command.

It does not mean we have to be on our knees in our prayer closet 24/7, but it does mean that we should be in the attitude of prayer 24/7.

If we live our life in an attitude of prayer, we will see our relationship with God grow stronger on a daily basis.

How is your prayer life? How is your relationship with God? Add these 3 attributes to your prayer life to increase your relationship with Christ.

Pray Attentively

Pray Adamantly

Pray Always

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